Food and Fuel: Solutions for the Future

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The 21st century appears to be dominated by two major global crises: the scarcity of food and the disappearance of fuel. Through shortages and soaring costs, both have had detrimental effects on the environment and both have undermined the global economy — most importantly, both will continue to do so unless immediate action is taken. This timely and provocative collection of essays explores how and why these problems have developed and what can be done to resolve them. Wide-ranging pieces by trenchant thinkers ...
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Overview


The 21st century appears to be dominated by two major global crises: the scarcity of food and the disappearance of fuel. Through shortages and soaring costs, both have had detrimental effects on the environment and both have undermined the global economy — most importantly, both will continue to do so unless immediate action is taken. This timely and provocative collection of essays explores how and why these problems have developed and what can be done to resolve them. Wide-ranging pieces by trenchant thinkers such as Thomas Homer-Dixon, Gordon Laird, Jeremy Rifkin, Ken Wiwa, Frances Moore Lappé, and Anna Lappé offer valuable strategies to combat global famine and fast-food fat, business models for safe and sustainable food production and power sources, descriptions of emerging technologies and sciences, a reexamination of nuclear power, and much more. Both remarkable for its depth of thought and eminently readable, Food and Fuel provides innovative, practical solutions for dealing with these urgent issues.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887848261
  • Publisher: House of Anansi Press
  • Publication date: 3/24/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 3.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Andrew Heintzman Evan Solomon vi

Foreword to Food Eric Schlosser xiii

Food

Saving Agriculture from Itself Stuart Laidlaw 3

Betting the Farm: Food Safety and the Beef Commodity Chain Ian MacLachlan 29

Fish or Cut Bait: Solutions for Our Seas Carl Safina Carrie Brownstein 61

Diet for a Smaller Planet: Real Sources of Abundance Frances Moore Lappe Anna Lappe 83

Overfeeding the Future Kelly Brownell 110

Fuel

Bringing Ingenuity to Energy Thomas Homer-Dixon 147

At the Frontier of Energy Gordon Laird 158

Is Nuclear Energy the Answer? Allison Macfarlane 184

Boom, Bust, and Efficiency L. Hunter Lovins Wyatt King 208

Reverse Engineering: Soft Energy Paths Susan Holtz David B. Brooks 237

The Dawn of the Hydrogen Economy Jeremy Rifkin 263

Notes 283

Acknowledgements 314

Index 315

About the Contributors 326

About the Editors 334

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